Reliving the Visionary Icons of Joe Colombo

Four design icons signed by a radical protagonist of 1960s design, Joe Colombo, edited by B-Line.

Joe Colombo with his visionary works imagined a future living where environments reflect the dynamic approach of modernity. His multifunctional research, in which technique and innovation were at the center of the project, gave life to furniture characterized by a continuous confrontation with technology, a design medium but also a source of formal inspiration.

Now, B-Line has exclusively produced some of his pieces that have become authentic icons: Boby, Multichair, Ring and Crossed, objects that remain paradigms of contemporaneity for their dynamism and versatility, that have been reissued by the brand, drawing on his autograph designs and collaborating with Studio Joe Colombo, which has taken up the legacy of the great master.

Boby design Joe Colombo, 1970

A metaphor for cultural and social nomadism, the Boby container cabinet is a trolley with swivel drawers that began as an accessory for the drawing table. Thanks to the possibility of vertical extension and the versatile modular structure, it adapts to different spaces, from the office to the home environment. A long-selling product part of the permanent collection of MoMA in New York and the Milan Triennale, the “tower cabinet,” as Joe Colombo himself had called it, a “rational, functional and functioning” object, features an ABS structure, composed of modules with drawers and shelves, mounted on 5 swivel casters, and offers 4 solutions in terms of height with different configurations, for a total of 14 possible models. Available in White, Black, Red, Tornado Gray, and Aluminum, with multilayer wood tops, it is enriched with two new disturbing shades: Honey and Verdigris.

Multichair design Joe Colombo, 1970

Multichair is a seat/armchair designed as a transformable system consisting of two elements, which can be disassembled and used individually and can be combined with each other to shape different configurations as needed. Multifunctional and flexible, Multichair, now part of the permanent collection of MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is composed of steel-framed cushions padded with polyurethane foam and upholstered in stretch fabric, while the play of shapes is achieved by repositionable leather straps and chrome-satinized steel bushings.

Ring design Joe Colombo, 1964

Ring, a container module that individually can serve as a small table and once stacked multiplies its capacity to furnish walls or create partitions, expresses solidity and lightness at the same time, thanks to the dynamic play of full and empty spaces. Also available in a wheeled version, it consists of a painted steel sheet shell and two oak plywood shelves.

Crossed design Joe Colombo, 1963

And finally, Colombo’s Crossed, a line of soft upholstered ottomans with contrasting color cross-stitching, available in two versions with square and rectangular bases and different sizes, that can be juxtaposed to create striking compositions of shapes and colors.


Reliving the Visionary Icons of Joe Colombo

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